World Tourism Day is celebrated annually on September 27 to raise awareness about the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political, and economic significance. This year’s theme is “Tourism and Sustainable Development,” which highlights the need to develop and promote tourism in a way that benefits people and the planet.
The tourism industry is a major contributor to the global economy, generating trillions of dollars in revenue and creating millions of jobs. However, tourism can also have a negative impact on the environment and local communities. Overcrowding, pollution, and resource depletion are just some of the challenges that tourism destinations face.
Sustainable tourism is a way to address these challenges and ensure that tourism benefits everyone involved. It involves developing and managing tourism resources in a way that minimizes negative impacts and maximizes positive ones.
Ways to make tourism more sustainable
- Reducing energy consumption and waste production in hotels and other tourism businesses
- Using renewable energy sources and improving energy efficiency
- Promoting sustainable transportation options, such as public transportation, bicycles, and electric vehicles
- Protecting natural and cultural resources
- Supporting local communities and businesses
- Educating tourists about sustainable practices
On World Tourism Day 2023, let’s all commit to working together to build a more sustainable tourism future.
Things you can do as a traveler to support sustainable tourism
- Choose to stay in hotels and other tourism businesses that are committed to sustainability.
- Use public transportation or bicycles whenever possible.
- Support local businesses and communities when you travel.
- Be mindful of your environmental impact when traveling, such as reducing your waste and using water and energy efficiently.
- Educate yourself about sustainable tourism practices and share what you learn with others.
By making small choices, we can all make a big difference in creating a more sustainable tourism industry.